Dual Diagnosis is a condition affecting an estimated 90,000 Canadians. This condition refers to the co-existence of a mental illness with a co-occurring addictive disorder or Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Dual Diagnosis is most typically a chronic relapsing and remitting condition. Depending upon the population sampled the prevalence of the disorder varies and in some instances can be as high as 30% of the population surveyed. It is stability that is most important. Most of the individuals afflicted with the condition are triaged through acute care services and never get the follow up that is needed in order to effectively deal with the condition at its root level.

Both meditation and yoga have given me depth and stability in my life, having been one of the long term survivors of this condition. Today, thanks in part to my spiritual life I understand who I am. One may know many things. Most of these things are for the most part inconsequential. However, when one clearly "understands" who one is one at the same time comes to understand that it is solidity which imparts spiritual strength. I have sought spiritual strength my entire life but did not know where to look for it. In many ways, my story is not all that different from that of the Prodigal Son in St. Luke's gospel. Having found the path to my Father's house I will no longer stray.

God grant me the serenity,
To accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.